The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Purdue Boilermakers.
No. 40: Purdue Boilermakers
Spring Practice Starts: February 26
Spring Game: April 7
Purdue Boilermakers Spring Status
And now people are going to expect Purdue to win more football games.
After a great first season, Jeff Brohm showed that it’s possible for Purdue to be good enough to go bowling and win big games, and his offense hasn’t even kicked it in yet.
This year’s team has to find a few new receivers, but the offensive line returns loaded, and the backfield should be terrific no matter who’s at quarterback.
The defensive front is the problem – especially the line. The spring will be focused on the quarterback situation and the health of David Blough, but the D front four will need the most attention.
But as Brohm proved, he knows how to come up with quick fixes. This year, that fix might be to win shootouts.
Purdue Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Linebacker. Former WKU transfer T.J. McCollum was exactly what the defense needed, and Ja’Whaun Bentley led the team in tackles. Both of them were smart, tough run-stoppers, and now two new defensive forces have to emerge around rising-star Markus Bailey. It’s going to be a young corps that’ll have to rise up fast behind a new group of starters up front.
Purdue Biggest Issue
Everything to do with the return game. Of course, the defensive front seven is the biggest concern, but throughout the offseason, getting some help from the return games would be nice. The Boilermakers averaged just 3.44 yards per punt return, and didn’t do much on kickoff returns, averaging under 17 yards per try.
Purdue Biggest Positive
Quarterbacks. After suffering a broken leg, David Blough is back and winging it around. He’s still going to need time to fully heal, but he’s expected to be fine for the season. Elijah Sindelar was outstanding in the bowl win over Arizona – throwing for close to 400 yards and four scores – and new recruit Jack Plummer has the talent to at least be a solid backup right away. The passing game will be fine.
Really, Why Are The Purdue Boilermakers Ranked Here?
The defense is going to be the big concern. The Boilermakers have a few good-looking prospects up front, but it was a great year for the run defense and a big part of the resurgence. It’s going to take a step back.
However, the offense should be stronger, sharper, and more explosive. Last year wasn’t a fluke. Brohm appears to be just getting started.